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"Castle" The Lives of Others (2013)

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Rear Window

Author: kols from United States
4 April 2013

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Is not a favorite of mine - few of Hitchcock's post-war films are. Just "to Catch a Thief" and "North by Northwest" and even those suffer from what I consider toxic audience manipulation and mannerism.

So, as I suffered through this episode just to see how faithful it was to "Rear Window", which it was, with Beckett and Alexis sharing Grace Kelly's role while Castle himself did a good job with Jimmy Stewart's, I was constantly reminded of why I dislike Hitchcock's version so much. Kept having to keep reminding myself I was watching voluntarily, they did such a good job with their source.

And then Wham! Kate with a knife to her neck, the lights going out and Castle hobbling to the rescue. Identical to Hitchcock's manipulation of his audience and Wham! The ending.

Giving a ten partially for its Homage to "Rear Window", including the outrageous audience manipulation, but mainly for the Wham! and will spoil that by warning: if you have a heart condition have your nitroglycerin handy.

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